All is not well at SymaxCorp. The work is piled high, people
are toiling overnight to meet deadlines, and the supervisors
are keeping their beady eyes on everyone. But staff are complaining
of feeling sick, and the last health and safety officer mysteriously
disappeared one evening never to be seen again. It's down
to new boy Ben, together with temp Miranda, kick-boxing Meera
and overweight June to try and get to the bottom of the problem.
As colleagues are unexpectedly transformed into mindless,
blood crazed zombies, Ben and his friends discover that there
really is something in the air...
a premise that many will be able to relate to. If you work
in an office where the air is pumped around the building,
where you can't open a window and the temperature is regulated
by someone you never see, then this book will make you think
when you next step into your seemingly cosy working environment.
I know exactly how the characters in this book feel. I've
worked in two air conditioned buildings in the last few years,
the last one also had mirrors and glass everywhere. Most evenings
I'd go home with a dryness in the mouth and sore eyes - a
condition my co-workers also complained about.
despite the fact I can relate to the setting, I was not so
willing to believe the blurb on the back of the book. This
story is not "The Office meets Night of the
until the halfway mark the book sets the scene well. Then
all hell breaks loose and the writing style changes - almost
like the occupants of the office building. Everything happens
so quickly and it starts to read more like a rough for a movie
treatment than it does a book. The comedy element is also
upped considerably during the second half of the story.
almost as though author, Christopher Fowler, started out intending
to write a semi-serious story which provided some form of
social commentary into the way we are working in comfortable,
yet dangerously unhealthy, environments. But, at the last
minute, decide that it would actually make quite a good horror/comedy
is amusing, it is well written, it's just that it took ages
for the action to build and then it was all over in a heartbeat.
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